Opened: 3rd October 2015 Budapest Music Center
Running Time: 1 hrs 15 mins

In 1993, over 160 years after Schubert wrote the cycle of lieder that cannot fail to move audiences to this day, Hans Zender arranged the original piano accompaniment for a small orchestra. He made the voicing of the verses more sensuous, and one now feels the icy wind in one’s face...

Mundruczó Kornél, the director of the play: "For me Winterreise is the apotheosis of being on the road. Being always on the move. Waiting for one does not know what. Like in Purgatory. For me, the emigrants’ Purgatory is like a refugee camp. Anyone may end up there, but no one knows the principles of judgement.
Schubert’s traumatic motifs provided me with a special opportunity to think about man’s eternal alienness. And to ask the question whether art can provide a refuge when the very fundamentals of our life are questioned?
The video-installation film cells show actual residents in a Hungarian refugee camp. The time spent with them was an inspiring experience, which, with the help of a few telling scenes, confronts the problems of fundamental existence that countless people have. When I drew from the deprivation and hopelessness in this world, I was seized by such deep shock that I can no longer account for it in words, only with music. The refugees’ generally uncertain and structure-less existence places an exclamation point on the nightmare or reality behind the music of involuntarily slipping into a state of vegetation."

From the reviews

"We get to be witnesses to an extraordinary weaving of theatre, film and music. Kornél Mundruczó approaches a considerably burning theme. It is not simple to address in artistic language a question that raises such passion now. Because of its immediacy, he makes a direct statement." (Máté Csabai -


"In his direction, Kornél Mundruczó offers a topical reading of the left-by-the-roadside motif, the journey one is forced to undertake, dealing with issues of homelessness and refugee life. During the songs, on the projection that fills the background, we see pictures loosely associated with the lyrics, generally depicting the most fundamental activities of human life: resting, eating, hygiene. The director raises the question: What does it mean to be human? What is the minimum requirement for human existence? Is it really enough to ensure the basic needs of life? In the film clips, residents in a refugee camp try to live a complete life with meagre opportunities in the few square meters of living space. Meanwhile, they are constantly confronted with restrictions, the tight borders of their lives." (Kata Kondor -

Festival invitations

-"Fremd bin ich..." Classical Music Festival - Mousonturm 2017. Frankfurt, Germany

Franz Schubert, Hans Zender
Máté Hámori
Set, Costume
Márton Ágh
Kata Wéber
Assistant director
Lili Fenyvesi
Kornél Mundruczó
Technical director
András Éltető
Light technician
Zoltán Rigó
Sound technician
János Rembeczki

CAFé Budapest Contemporary Art Festival, Danubia Orchestra Óbuda, FILC - Fischer Iván’s Apartment Theatre


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